4 pm Jan 21, 2013
Can Rahul Gandhi turn the tide for the Congress before the 2014 polls?
Can Rahul Gandhi turn the tide for the Congress before the 2014 polls? Chat with political analyst and senior journalist Neerja Chowdhury.
19 questions answered
- Can Rahul match Modi with good track record of development, support from urban middle class and youth? Asked by: Raghav
- what credentials do you think rahul ji has to count on him for the PM post or to turn the tide for congress? Asked by: Jaipal
- I don't think because of Rahul but because there is not a viable alternative to govt. at present and opposition doesn't seem to be taking advantage? Your views? Asked by: Gaurav
- Neerja Chowdhury Yesterday one saw a glimmer of a new leader being born, a Rahul Gandhi who was not in evidence in the last 8 years, ready to lead his party from the front. It is true that no clea alternative is emerging to the Congress at themoment. But then it is still a fluid sitiuation, and one that is evolving.
- from past years, the projects handled by rahul (bihar, guj, UP, punjab) all went flat. He never visited MP, TN, Karnataka. what is the creditability and options for rahul? Asked by: aman
- Neerja Chowdhury The significance of what happened in Jaipur was the begining of a transition of power in the Congress party which will go beyond 2014. Rahul Gandhi, who has said he is now going to be there to lead it, will have to revive his party in many states, and that is no easy task. We will have to wait and see who he chooses as his team and what strategy he puts into place particularly for winning in the 9 states which are going to the polls and in some of them, like Karnataka, the Congress has a winning chance.
- Can Rahul match Modi in terms of adminstrative capabilities, personal charishma Asked by: Raghav
- Neerja Chowdhury Rahul has the advantage of an all India image, with the Congress being a pan India party, something the BJP is not. He also has the advantage of being young, and he plans to young team with him which may have an appeal for aspirationbal India, though he is not starting on a clean slate and will have to contend with a negative image the Congress has acquired. He has the advantage of having his party totally behind him. Modi on the other hand is one of the many BJP leaders aspiring to the top job. He has proved himself in Gujarat though he has to click in the rest of India. Both will target urban middle class, especially the youth. Modi is seen as a tough leader and people want delivery. Neither have corruption charges against them, but they will have to answer questions about corruption in their respective parties.
- It seems unlikely that the UPA will lose power in 2014 not because of anything else but BJP doesn't seem to incash the anti-congress feeling in the country. do you agree? I also feel that the Congess will win between 160-180 seats and BJP will run in neck-to neck. Your views pleaSE! Asked by: Gaurav
- Neerja Chowdhury The Congress would like to believe that it is coming to power again in 2014 but that is difficult to say and will depend on a lot of imponderables. It will depend on how a post-Jaipur Rahul moves, his new team, his strategy, and how he counters the negativity about the Congress. It will also depend on what happens on the other side, whether it projects Modi and whether Modi gets response from Hindu, urban, middle class in states outside Gujarat.
- I think their is honesty in his speech and he will give his best if elected. why not Rahul if he is capable and sincere. Asked by: vasanthi
- Neerja Chowdhury I agree, Rahul Gandhi seemed to be sincere in what he was saying at Jaipur and because he spoke from his heart and spoke candidly, holding a mirror to his party, and laying down a vision of what it could do, he had such an emotional response from otherwise hardened Congressmen and women. Having said that, it is not going to be easy to translate his vision into a reality, given entrenched interests. But he should be given the chance and the time to do so.
- Rahul's efforts will not get the CONGRESS what it needs in 2014.All the wrongs can not be washed away just by putting up a new face .Your views ? Asked by: sundar1950in
- is any NSUI gys can be the president of congress ?? Asked by: sanjay jha, advocate, HC ranchi
- I tend to disagree with your view that Rahul Gandhi has an advantage over Narendra Modi. Can you name one state where Congress will win more seats than the BJP in a direct contest in 2014? Asked by: Manish Sharma
- is Rahul a good administrator? does he has knowledge and skills to run a giant corporate and Sector called India as a CEO? Or will he be dependent only on sugessions and advice of people surrounding him? Asked by: pc
- Neerja Chowdhury We know nothing abour Rahul's administrative qualities so far. Nor has he been declared as a Prime Ministerial candidate of the Congress- not yet. So far he is billed to lead his party's election campaign. But a leader must have a vision for the future, where he wants to take his party or the country. As for other expertise he can get it, The most important quality is being clear about the direction in which he wants to move, and the efficacy of the instrumentality through which he will move.
- Can a person, who has never been a head of a local municipality be able to lead a nation? Asked by: Abhijeet
- You are saying, we should give Rahul a chance, why not Modi who is poven to be better than Rahul? India needs people who delivers not who can talk emotionally Asked by: Raghav
- Congresss hoping on Rahul who has a track record of dismal failure.What is his new mantra in 2014? Asked by: P T Srinivasa
- Do you don't think rahul gandhi yesterday speech was good but still not only but also all upa members need a lot of work to change the current unstable situation of india Asked by: Ankit ranga
- In most of surveys conducted by national media, Modi is preferred over Rahul. Why do you think Rahul has all India image. Todays youth doesn't identifies with him. Asked by: Raghav
- Ma’am , Is it prudent to write him off as soon as he has just been elevated to a higher position of power?..Social media has been filled with articles both by journos and others alike in running him down?..earlier everyone journalist was so keen in asking him and other Congress leaders as to why he is not being given a higher position or being projected as the future PM?..what has suddenly changed their opinion to that he is bound to fail..That it spells doomsday for the Congress in 2014..your views on this please.. Asked by: JK
- Rahul is having tough time campaigning and defending congress anti people policies for last nearly a decade so can overnight miracles happen from him at this stage Asked by: Manav
- I donot think 2014 Polls would be dominated by a single inconsequential individual like Rahul Gandhi. It would predominantly a hung parliament with the Regional Parties ruling the roost. What is your say? Asked by: Karthik
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